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Editor’s Prologue By Sandie Biddle, managing editor Editor@CentreCountyGazette.com CCGazette@Hughes.net
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It’s been two years since we expanded to become The Centre County Gazette; and we couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you – readers, contributors, and advertisers. The Centre County Gazette isn’t about us. It’s about you. Our goal is to provide you with local news that helps you to help your neighbors. Our mission is to honor the good, present useful information, and accentuate the positive. In that spirit, in the past year, we have What’s Happening and Group Meetings to be your number-one source for finding things to do, places to go, people to help, and groups to join. The Gazette features new resources through regular columns about pet care, gardening, public speaking, local history, recycling, the arts, and the outdoors. We’ve featured good neighbors in Hometown Heroes, added Save The Date theatre and arts calendar, and had fun creating The Gazette Word Search. Please suggest topics of interest for us to explore in the future. We’re working on a series about local resources for tracing your family tree. This issue contains a shining example of how The Gazette can serve the community. Last November, we received a request for donations from the County Veterans’ Affairs office so they could purchase a van to transport disabled veterans to medical appointments. We highlighted the request as part of our November 5, 2010 Salute to Veterans issue. Just six weeks later, we received a note from Holly Serface at the VA office that said: “Believe it or not, thanks to you and everyone else who promoted the van, we have reached the $20,000 mark and the van is paid for. I would like to thank all the veteran service organizations, auxiliaries, clubs, businesses and private donations from everyone in our community to make our van a reality…Sandie, thank you for all your help and advertising for me.” In this issue, we invite you to the dedication of the new American-made, 12-passenger van that will serve Disabled American Veterans of Centre County. The dedication is Sunday, September 11. That’s what The Gazette is all about – rallying neighbors, fulfilling needs, making connections, and giving credit where credit is due. We often print articles with the header: How You Can Help. Take a look. Sometimes it’s as simple as “buying local,” donating pet food, or spreading the word. For example, in this issue, all you have to do is get on the Internet and vote daily to help the Bellefonte YMCA get the grant needed to repair their children’s pool. That’s it. Vote online – and make a difference. I am honored to have served you for one year as managing editor. I like hearing from you and encourage your suggestions. This is your community newspaper. In the next issue, we will spotlight 11 exceptional women of Centre County – ladies who give of themselves to make a difference in their communities. (In October, we’ll feature 11 men, so please make your nominations now!) Rather than toot our own horn with a second anniversary issue, we have chosen to feature Patriots Day as the centerpiece. You’ll find ways to commemorate, contribute, and contemplate the 10th anniversary of the day that tested America’s spirit – and found it strong. Please fly your flag at half staff on Sunday and take a moment to reflect. We will never forget.
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Letter to the Editor Be the light at the end of the tunnel It has been brought to my attention by a very close source, that the working atmosphere at the local State Penal Institution has grown negative by leaps and bounds. Particularly, in the medical department. A turnover rate of nearly 100 nurses over a ten-year period seems a bit excessive. But, who am I? I am the loving spouse of a woman who, at one time, loved her job. Loved getting up in the early morning hours, bounding out of bed. But, for far too long now, the bounding has changed to a slow, gradual climb from the bed to the shower, with lots of grump in between. I have watched the life be sucked out of this lovely woman who has a heart bigger than the state of Texas. Now, I know a prison is not usually a place of rewarding experiences. But, a job does not have to be work, per se. The definition of job is a “paid position of regular employment.” Hmm, not so scary or difficult to fathom. Some jobs can be more rewarding than others, true. But, rewards can come from “the inside” of a person who finds themselves in a less-than-rewarding job. The reward is the self-respect and self-worth one attains from that paid position of regular employment. Going to work in a prison day after day can be a task. To walk through the gate or solid steel door to your paid position of regular employ and hear it SLAM behind you can bring on butterflies in the stomach or lump in the throat some days. For some, every day. You are walking into a small city – a city with a very high crime rate in every neighborhood. You walk among, converse with, and spend your next eight to 16 hours with murderers, rapists, child molesters, drug dealers, thieves, you name it. One who works in such a place has to be a unique individual. Attributes these exceptional individuals possess are varied – impossible to describe here. The personal approach is the key to this job. A positive attitude does wonders. You must walk into this institution with the thought, “I want to make a difference today.” If you want to survive in this job, a positive attitude is not only required, but a must. In a prison setting, “survive” also has a much deeper meaning. “Survive” to a corrections employee, means no failed marriage, no yelling at your kids because an inmate got the best of you mentally. “Survive” means you didn’t get beaten or stabbed to death on the range, or in the yard, or inmate dining hall. “Survive” means you walk out of the gate at the end of the day, unscathed. That being said, the “survival rate” of marriages for corrections employees is very low. The lifespan of a corrections employee is lower than the average person. Stress contributes to shorter lifespan. Physical, mental, and emotional health are greatly affected. I think you see my point. To have a prison be your, “paid position of regular employment” is not only a stress-filled position, but on any day, at any time, a deadly one. With all the negative aspects of this job, the workplace is the last place that should be filled with negative, down-trodden supervisors. The people who work under you are your bread and butter. The people who work under your supervision are looking for you to lead by example. Be a positive example of how to handle the difficult tasks that lie ahead on a daily basis and do it in a manner that, in more ways than one, MAKES A DIFFERENCE – not only in your the lives of your employees, but the lives of those who are incarcerated. The nurse, P.A., or doctor may be that one person who makes the difference in an inmate’s life. Their actions and attitude can be the key to an inmate turning a corner in his life. So, why not strive to be a positive influence in the workplace that already has its work cut out for it? Your positive actions and attitude can make all of your staff a better work force on the job, and off. So, I ask the administration of SCI Rockview to look at the big picture. Why are so many potential “difference-makers” throwing in the towel so quickly in the medical department? Where is the source of increased negativity among current medical staff? I ask the Superintendent of SCI Rockview look into this matter, and with your decisions perhaps you can make a difference in the lives of your employees, as well as the inmate population, in the long run. Thank you, Brian Baney
Corrections to 9/2 issue
In an article about the Grange Fair in the September 2 issue, the photo of Mr. John Krebs and his gift of an original hitching post to the Grange Fair Museum was taken by Jaime Brown, not Karen Dabney. In the article about Pets Come First in the September 2 issue, the article stated that Troy Kleinfelter was hired in 2008. In fact, Troy has been working at the shelter for more than 15 years. Also, the correct phone number for Pets Come First is (814) 359-7150. We regret any misdirection these errors may have caused.
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Centre Count y Schools Scouts Compete in Pinewood Derby
STATE COLLEGE – Cub Scout Pack 82’s Pinewood Derby was sponsored by the State College Elks. (Top row, L to R) Carter Coatsworth, Gabe Herrera, Owen Moore, and Garrett Schoonmaker. (Bottom row) Patrick McNutt, Silas Henderson, Nate Gray, Colin Vollmer, Ethan Locke, Troy Heatwole, and Alex LeVan.
Two New Eagle Scouts Honored By Robert Kidders
STATE COLLEGE – An Eagle Scout Awards Ceremony for Zachary T. Stewart and Stephen J. Zimmerer, members of State College Boy Scout Troop 31, recently took place at St Paul’s United Methodist Church in State College. Zachary, son of Colonel David and Mrs. Jacqueline Stewart, has held multiple positions of responsibility, to include Patrol Leader, Quartermaster, and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. Zach has earned 26 merit badges, recorded more than 60 days and nights of camping, and provided more than 300 service hours to the community. For his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project, Zach worked with Nittany Greyhounds, a dog-rescue organization that has placed more than 1,200 dogs in adoptive homes since it began operation in 1997. Zach helped design and led the construction of a new dog shelter at the Roo Valley Rescue Shelter. Stephen, son of Dr. Karl Zimmerer and Ms. Medora D. Ebersole, also has served in various positions of responsibility within the Scouts, to include Assistant Patrol Leader, Troop Guise, Troop Instructor, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, and Senior Patrol Leader. During his tenure as a Scout, Stephen has earned 21 merit badges, recorded 53 days and nights of camping, and provided many service hours to our community. Stephen planned and supervised construction of a pedestrian access trail from Oak Ridge Avenue to Thompson Woods Preserve and the Walnut Spring Lane. The project included trail design, clearing, construction, installation of 56 shrubs along the new trail, and trail mulch. Presenters at the ceremony included Representative Glenn Thompson, State Representative Scott Conklin, State Representative Kerry Benninghoff, County Commissioner Jon Eich, Marine Corps Representative Dallas Lykens, and State College Elks representative Dr. David Maneval.
Motorists: Be Patient, Obey School Bus Stopping Law Contributed by PennDOT
School buses have returned to Pennsylvania roadways, prompting a reminder from PennDOT for motorists to watch out for buses and students headed to and from school. “With students distracted by the start of a new school year, it is all too easy for them to make a mistake and dart into traffic,” said PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch, P.E. “So that everyone can make it safely to their destination, motorists are reminded to pay attention to students as they board and exit buses, and to obey traffic laws regarding school buses and school zones.”
Motorists convicted of violating Pennsylvania’s school bus stopping law face a $250 fine, five points on their driving record and a 60-day license suspension. Under state law, motorists approaching a school bus with its red lights flashing and stop arm extended must stop at least 10 feet from the bus. Motorists approaching from all directions are required to stop. However, drivers who encounter a school bus stopping on the opposite side of a divided highway are not required to stop. Lanes of a divided highway are clearly separated by a divider, such as
concrete barriers or grass medians. Motorists must also use caution in school zones. Schools are hubs of pedestrian and vehicle traffic, so motorists are required to slow down to the posted speed limit of 15 miles per hour in school zones. Violations carry a fine and three points on the driver’s record. For more tips, visit the School Bus Safety link under the Traffic Safety Information Center on PennDOT’s highway safety website at www.DriveSafePA.org. The Web site also features an animated illustration of the school bus stopping law.
LHU Clearfield Campus Open House Next Month CLEARFIELD – As the 2011-2012 academic year begins, the Lock Haven University Clearfield Campus is busy preparing for the year ahead and looking forward to a bright future. “Even during these demanding times, the LHU Clearfield Campus continues to grow and to serve as an overall resource to the Clearfield and surrounding communities,” said Interim Dean Marianne Hazel. “Through our courses, programs, events, and initiatives, the Clearfield Campus provides new opportunities… and is an integral part of our hard-working communities.” The LHU Clearfield Campus is committed to “providing quality education at an affordable price.” Students can take advantage of face-to-face courses, as well as on-line courses. The LHU Clearfield Campus boasts experienced and dedicated faculty along with state-of-the-art technology. A wide variety of student activities are planned for the fall, 2011 and spring, 2012 semesters. Open houses, with opportunities to get to know faculty, staff, and administration, will be held on Saturdays; October 22, November 12, February 25, and April 28. More information can be found at www.myfutureisclear.com.
Additionally, campus tours may be scheduled by contacting the LHU Clearfield Campus Admissions Office at (814) 765-0559. The LHU Clearfield Campus also offers extended education programs. Health care certificate courses are being offered to teach technical skills in the healthcare industry. Beginning in October, a CCI EKG Technician and a CCI Dialysis Technician certificate courses will be held. Businesses and community can use the LHU Clearfield Campus resources, to attend the speaker series, hold meetings, and/or provide training sessions on-site for employees. New outreach programs include “Meet Me on Main Street,” designed to encourage students, faculty, and staff to visit and patronize Clearfield downtown merchants – a partnership with the LHU Clearfield Campus and the Clearfield Revitalization Corporation, (CRC). The Clearfield Campus will be hosting an open house for prospective students on Saturday, October 22. Students should pre-register at www.myfutureisclear.com. For additional information, visit www.lhup.edu/clearfield.
Penns Valley Area Students Go Back to School Positive Behavior & Anti-Bullying Programs Implemented Article & photos by Sam Stitzer CENTRE HALL – It’s back to school time in Penns Valley. The first day of school was on Tuesday, September 6, and the district’s schools welcomed back its returning students, and a brand new class of Kindergarten students going to school for the very first time in their lives. At about 7:45 a.m. on the corner of James Avenue and Manor Road in Centre Hall, five-year-old Micah Weaver awaited the school bus’s arrival, along with his older sister, Melina, and their parents. This was Micah’s first day of Kindergarten, and he was glad to have his big sister along. Another first-timer at the bus stop was Lauren McMurtrie. Lauren’s parents, Billie Jo and Fred McMurtrie, walked with her across their back yard to the bus stop. The McMurtries felt confident that Lauren will have a good experience this year, since her teacher is Mrs. Fleagle, who was Fred McMurtrie’s Kindergarten teacher back in 1984. The veteran student at the bus stop was Brianna “Breezy” Knaub, who is entering fourth grade at the Centre Hall-Potter Elementary School. She was a little sad that this will be her final year in that school. Soon, the bus arrived with amber lights flashing, and the kids lined up and boarded the bus. The Kindergartener’s parents waved goodbye to their youngsters, with that smiling, but almost crying look in their eyes. A short time later, the busses pulled alongside the curb at the school. Kids from Kindergarten through fourth grade poured out of the busses, and ran into the school building, dodging raindrops as they went. They were smiling and laughing, happy to see old friends, and eager to make new ones. It was a scene that was repeated all over Penns Valley. Carolyn Payne, Principal of Centre Hall-Potter and Miles Township Elementary Schools, reports that those schools are initiating two programs aimed at promoting good behavior to enhance the students’ school experience. One is called Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support. “This program has specific behavior expectations in different areas of the school: rules for everywhere, hallways, cafeteria, bathrooms, playground, bus dismissal, bus riding as well as performances/field trips. The teachers are going over all the rules and are modeling the appropriate behaviors. These rules will be reviewed over and over. For each area the
students need to be Responsible, Be Respectful and Be Ready”, said Ms. Payne. The second initiative is the Olweus anti-Bullying program. Teachers are trained in both of the new initiatives. Training occurred with teams from both buildings in each initiative, and then the rest of the teachers and para-educators received the Olweus Anti-bullying program training during August inservice days. The four rules of Olweus anti-bullying are: we will not bully others; we will Micah Weaver waits for the bus help those who are being with his older sister, Melina, on bullied; we will always try to Micah’s first day of Kindergarten. Melina is in first grade. include others; if we know that someone is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school or at home. These rules will also be posted in the schools. The Penns Valley Elementary and Intermediate School is also implementing the Olweus Anti-Bullying program this school year. Principal Kurt Nyquist stated that all PVEI faculty and staff (grades K-6) have been trained in the program. We hope all the Boys arrive at the school and students in the Penns Valley hurry inside area have a great school year.
Left to right: Breezy Knaub, Paige Musser, Lauren McMurtrie, and Melina Weaver board the school bus in Centre Hall. Teacher Vickie Fultz greets her new class in the school lobby.
Lauren McMurtrie waits with her parents, Billie Jo and Fred McMurtrie.
SEPTEMBER 9, 2011
Centre County PAWS to Host 6th Annual Fur Ball
By Kristina Pydynowski, PAWS Volunteer STATE COLLEGE – Not only is the start of October just around the corner, but also the Centre County PAWS’ 6th Annual Fur Ball that promises to provide wonderful entertainment and dining for couples or friends. The Fur Ball will be held Saturday, October 1 at the Centre Hills Country Club in State College with cocktails starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. Dress is black tie optional with beef, fish, and vegetarian dinner entrees being served. A country band will provide the perfect setting for dancing after dinner. In addition, silent and live auctions will be held with Fred Metzger of Metzger Animal Hospital acting as one of our auctioneers. Guests can bid on many great items, including a trip to Key West, a trip to Ecuador, a Sharon Teaman cuff, and an autographed Jerome Bettis jersey. One of the main goals of the Fur Ball is to create an individually named PAWS Endowment Fund that will provide financial support and operational expenses for PAWS. This year, the fund is being named after Princess, the Centre County Courthouse Canine. Princess has been working with the District Attorney’s office since late December 2009, helping children feel more at ease if they have to testify in court. Too often, these
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Is Diabetes a Death Sentence for your Dog? This year’s Fur Ball fund is being named after Princess, the Centre County Courthouse Canine. children are testifying in child abuse cases. Princess also provides comfort to children at police stations or when the police make home visits. To read more about the amazing work Princess does and to order tickets for the 6th Annual Fur Ball, please visit http://www. centrecountypaws.org/furball. Tickets are $125 per person and we kindly ask that these tickets be purchased by September 20.
How You Can Help Donate Cat Food to Food Bank The food bank at FaithCentre in Bellefonte isn’t just for people. They also have a Pet Food Bank. According to reader, Judy Smith of Bellefonte, the Pet Food Bank seems to have plenty of dog food, but is woefully short
on cat and kitten food. Judy said, “They need cat supplies, and other contributions for other small animals and birds.” Perhaps you can help! Remember the pets the next time you make a food bank donation.
When dogs turn up with a chronic disease, I often hear that people automatically think that the dog will soon die, or that they will be saddled with huge medical bills and a life of medical emergencies until the dog finally dies of whatever the disease might be. With the wonderful advances in veterinary care, now more than ever, managing chronic disease is definitely a workable situation. Diabetes in dogs is one of those diseases that is no longer a death sentence. The onset of diabetes in dogs generally takes place after age five, with the highest incidence in the eight-to-12-year range. And contrary to popular belief, obesity does not generally contribute to the onset of canine diabetes. The exception is in intact females, who are at increased risk of developing an estrogen-associated version of the disease. Undisputed contributing factors to diabetes include pancreatitis – estimated to be present in about 30 percent of dogs diagnosed with the disease, as well as other endocrine imbalances such as Cushing’s syndrome. In many cases, though, it’s hard to determine which disease came first. The most prominent early signs of canine diabetes are an increase in drinking and urination, and an increase in appetite often accompanied by weight loss. If the disease is left untreated, dogs are likely to show weakness, lethargy, loss of appetite and vomiting. One reason that diabetes often goes unnoticed at first is because the dog may still seem happy and frisky. The drinking and urinating excessively will occur for some time before the dog starts to feel poorly. After diagnosis, leveling blood glucose can be complicated, involving finding the correct type and dose of insulin; determining the proper diet, and establishing regular exercise routines. At minimum, you can expect your dog to spend several days under a vet’s care getting blood tests conducted over 12 or 24 hours that measure the amounts of glucose in the blood and chart the times when it peaks and dips. The results will help in determining
if the insulin is providing long-lasting control rather than short-term relief. Canine diabetes often mimics human diabetes type 1. This means that you can expect to give your dog insulin shots for the rest of its life – perhaps the most daunting aspect of the disease. Along with the shots, you will need to provide consistent meals – both in terms of ingredients and calories – at the same time each day. To avoid hypoglycemia (a dangerous dip in blood sugar caused by excessive insulin), it’s best to administer shots during meal times. Exercise is also essential for lowering blood sugar. It’s recommended that diabetic dogs get consistent amounts, and at the same time each day. Vigilance is the order of the day when caring for a diabetic dog, even after the correct combination of medicine, food, and exercise is established. Hypoglycemia is the greatest worry; if unnoticed, the rapid drop in blood sugar can cause coma, brain damage, or death. Owners of diabetic dogs will usually have some honey on hand in case they spot the symptoms – wooziness or lethargy, away from home. Another side effect of canine diabetes is cataracts. They can come on quickly if diabetes is not diagnosed early. Cataracts are easily taken care of with simple surgery and they don’t typically return. Glucose levels can be monitored in dogs the same way as in humans – using a blood meter or urine test strips. In the end, notwithstanding the shots, regulating diabetes comes down to paying careful attention to your dog’s behavior, watching his diet and providing regular exercise – something we should be doing anyway. Toni Duchi is a member of Nittany Greyhounds’ Board of Directors and author of the book, “The Practical Hound: Making Better Choices for a Healthier Dog.” To ask her specific questions, e-mail her at email@example.com, or visit www.nittanygreys.org if you have questions about greyhound adoption.
Your New N e w Best Friend? PAWS Purr-sonal Lea Ann gave birth to these six sweet little kittens. They were scheduled to be euthanized! Pets Come First was called and they are safe in a foster home now. Your choice of calico girls and orange boys! These are Pets Come First kittens and an adoption application and contract is required. Contact Deb Warner to meet them, (814) 345-6637 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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